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Real Madrid Could Make Another Attempt To Land This Wolves Forward: Should Nuno Cut Him Loose?

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In a recent print edition, AS has stated that Real Madrid could make another attempt to land Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Rafa Mir, who is currently playing on loan at Huesca. It is believed that Los Blancos failed to land the Spanish striker on four separate occasions during his time at Valencia but might be willing to orchestrate another move for him in the future (transcripted and translated by Sport Witness).

Since arriving from Valencia at the start of 2018, Mir has experienced multiple loan spells but has so far struggled to make an impact at the Molineux Stadium. The 23-year-old decided to join Huesca on an 18-month loan deal back in January with his current contract with Wolves set to expire in the summer of 2022.

If the Murcia-born talent ends up having a successful season in La Liga, then Nuno Espirito Santo might be able to generate a bidding war for him next summer or even give him a chance to shine in England by tying him down to a fresh contract.

Mir’s Seesaw Loan Spell At Estadio El Alcoraz So Far

Mir has banged in two goals and provided one assist in eight appearances for the Spanish outfit in league football. Despite his inconsistent form in front of the opposition goal, the ten-time Spanish Under-21 international deserves a little bit of credit for contributing at both ends of the field as he is averaging 0.9 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 0.8 clearances and 2.6 shots per 90 minutes in La Liga. However, he has been sloppy when linking up play with others around him in the attacking third after making just 66.7% of his attempted passes in the Spanish top tier this season (stats via whoscored).

Real Madrid could make another attempt to land Rafa Mir who is seen in the photo
Rafa Mir of SD Huesca looks on during the La Liga Santader match between Valencia CF and SD Huesca at Estadio Mestalla on September 26, 2020, in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

What Does The Spanish Marksman Bring To The Table?

Mir has decent pace in his locker but needs to be a bit careful when running with the ball in the final third. He is proficient at creating space for himself to get a few shots in on-target but could be a bit more clinical in front of the opponent’s goal.

Standing at 1.91m, the Spaniard also possesses the strength to hold the ball up for his side and can outjump the opposition to score some goals with his head as well. However, he has failed to find consistency with his overall contributions in the decisive end of the field.

Should Wolves Cut Mir Loose Next Summer?

At the moment, Nuno Espirito Santo has no reason to retain Mir’s services for the long-run. Even if the Spanish striker can turn his fortunes around for the better in Spanish football this season, there are no guarantees that he will be able to do the same in the Premier League. Hence, Wolves will be better off cutting Mir loose at the end of this campaign and use the money coming in from his sale to strengthen their squad for the coming seasons.

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